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Is the suffix “ly” in danger of being lost forever?

Am I alone in despairing when I hear phrases like:

  • “We played brilliant.”
  • “He did it wrong.” (or more commonly “He done it wrong.”)
  • “He behaved stupid.”

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@HS Doubtless you are not alone. I must say I despair of modern English - I notice people no longer pray like they used to - whatever happened to :
"Oure fadir that art in heuenes, halewid be thi name; thi kyndoom come to; be thi wille don in erthe as in heuene: gyue to us this dai oure breed ouer othir substaunce; and forgyue to us oure dettis, as we forgyuen to oure gettouris; and lede us not in to temptacioun, but delyuere us fro yuel."

How times have changed!

jayles the unwoven January 8, 2016, 10:18pm

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Hairy Scot January 9, 2016, 6:42pm

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No, you are definitely alone. However, this is a phenomenon found in practically all modern languages. Languages are "alive" and subject to change. Just wait and see how quickly new texting language will be embedded in our "accepted language". Let's cherish the correct use of the rules of our languages and enjoy that for as long as it lasts.

Kevin44 January 12, 2016, 3:59am

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I have no problem with the language being alive and subject to change, but not all changes are an improvement, and some definitely diminish the language.
A pox upon "accepted language", "common usage", and all supporters of such nonsense.

Hairy Scot January 13, 2016, 11:17am

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